Oom pah pah. Scott Halverson, in orange, is holding down the Winhawk balloons at the announcement. His wife Amy, an elementary school psychologist, shares the moment.

Halverson in 35th year as educator

WINONA, Minn. – Ending an Academy Awards-style suspense, veteran teacher Scott Halverson was named the Winona Education Association’s teacher of the year. The announcement was at a school assembly at the high school. The place erupted in spontaneous exuberance. Halverson, 56, has been a teacher 35 years. He spent four years teaching in Iowa before moving to Winona as a math teacher in 1993. He was an assistant coach for basketball, softball and baseball, then head softball coach. Halverson led the Winhawks to three state tournaments in four seasons, including a state title in 2017. Halverson was a founding member of the high school Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He has been an executive with the WEA teachers union  and a member of the union’s negotiations team.